§ 18. Mr. Tredinnick
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total NHS budget is spent on research and other matters related to alternative and complementary medicine. 
§ Mr. Horam
The information available centrally does not identify national health service research into alternative and complementary medicine, nor the expenditure by the NHS on the provision of alternative and complementary medicine services.
The Department is currently funding research on complementary therapies in primary care at the medical care research unit at the University of Sheffield, at a cost of around £100,000. This builds on their study published last November about access to complementary therapies through general practice.